founded in 1987 to create an opportunity for Canadian
choreographers in classical ballet, is Ontario's second
largest dance company, known for its innovative, accessible
programming to communities.
Patrick Parson, focuses on the performing arts of the
Caribbean and Africa, in Canada through "creolization" or
fusion of diverse dance and music traditions.
Theatre is a
modern dance repertory company of 12-18-year-old dancers
based in Toronto.
Collective of Black Artists creates and presents the finest
traditions in dance and music that celebrate and reflect an
runs Dusk Dances in parks each summer.
In 1974, a group of independent dancers joined together to
create and perform new choreography. In 2002 Dancemakers
Centre for Creation opened in the Distillery District.
Grossman Dance Company,
formed in 1977 by Danny Grossman to present his own
choreography and other dance artists "... to reflect my
personal values of equality, pacifism, honesty, courage, and
social responsibility, sympathy for the underdog and a
willingness to reveal the demons."
Enrique Spanish Dance
Company, a Toronto group with roots in Flamenco fused with
modern dance forms.
under artistic director Susanna Hood, explores the
boundaries between movement, sound, theatre, improvisation
and other media.
a Toronto based dance company under co-artistic directors
Karen & Allen Kaeja that creates contemporary dance
work, dance films and education and outreach programs.
Thakkar Dance Company
is Canadas oldest Indian dance company, exposing
audiences to traditional Indian dance.
Toronto-based, specializes in traditional and contemporary
dance from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo and Egypt. Honoring
tradition and innovation equally.
founded in 1994, is a dynamic multiracial company that
engages its audiences through Artistic Director Debbie
Wilsons choreography, and through collaborations with
composers, artists and designers.
Baker Dance Projects,
since 1990 by modern dancer Peggy Baker, who is dedicated to
the partnership of movement and live music to enrich the art
of dance, and has performed with many outstanding musicians.
founded by Kathleen Rea to create dance events that use
dance, vocalization, text and physical theatre to express
the human condition.
formed in 1968, now under Choreographer Christopher House,
creates and performs original Canadian choreography. The TDT
also operates the Winchester Street Theatre, 80
Opera Dance Company
under Artistic Director and Choreographer Janet Atkinson.
404 Jarvis Street (north of Carlton), the National Ballet
School's professional theatre, seats 297.
Queens Quay West, on Toronto's waterfront, Premiere
(450 seats),a theatre created in 1983 specifically for
operates the Winchester
80 Winchester Street, east of Parliament, known in the dance
community as "The Winch".
The Distillery District houses two studio spaces run
by performance companies, both in The Cannery, Building 58,
on the third floor: Dancemakers
Centre for Creation,
Studio #313 in the Cannery, seats from 60 to 96 for dance
and theatre productions. Tapestry
/ Nightwood New Work
#315, can seat up to 100, is run jointly by Tapestry New
Opera and Nightwood Theatre.
at Toronto Western Hospital, offers health care to
professional creative and performing artists.
Current is a
monthly magazine on the the art and culture of Canadian
dance, plus a two-month calendar of events.
Collection Danse (DCD),
started in 1983 to preserve the works of Canadian dance
artists of the 40s and 50s, is committed to the ongoing
process of preserving works of artists through
Umbrella of Ontario
in 1988, is a not-for-profit, non-membership-based
organization to assist professional dance creators,
collectives and small scale dance companies in Ontario.
founded in 1976, is a membership-based association that
supports the advancement of all forms of dance and serves
the needs of the Ontario dance community. Has a great list
performance and rehearsal
a presenter of independent dance, began as a collective of
independent dance artists in 1977, and now presents over 20
mainstage and co-presentation events each season. Mimi Beck,
fFIDA presents the Toronto
Festival in the
Distillery District in August each year, showcasing
independent dance artists and choreographers.